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  Jets | Sign Jamari Lattimore    Wed Apr 1, 04:56 PM

Free-agent LB Jamari Lattimore (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, April 1, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Lattimore gives the Jets inside linebacker depth, and he can be counted on as a good player for their special teams squad.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman to return this season    Wed Apr 1, 03:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will return in 2015 after missing all of the 2014 season with a knee injury. Head coach Jim Tomsula said Bowman is progressing well during the rehabilitation process.

Footballguys view: Good news for the 49ers here. Bowman will be able to participate in rehabilitation at a team facility with San Francisco staff members.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain re-signs with Dallas    Wed Apr 1, 08:26 AM

Free-agent LB Rolando McClain re-signed with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Footballguys view: McClain turned his career around last year with the Cowboys. He worked well as a run-stuffer, and he also showed that he could cover. McClain can also earn $1 million in playing time incentives.

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  49ers | Desmond Bishop re-signs    Tue Mar 31, 05:19 PM

Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, March 31. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Bishop could have a chance for some playing time on special teams. He played in only two games last year for the 49ers, recording two tackles. The veteran linebacker gives the 49ers depth at a position they're short-handed in.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson likely to stay    Tue Mar 31, 02:37 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are both pushing each other in their rehabs from torn Achilles' tendons. Both players also have a year left on their contracts. DeVito agreed to a pay cut that dropped his salary to $2.9 million. Johnson has a salary cap number of $5.2 million, and the Chiefs are only around $2.85 million under the 2015 cap. Kansas City could create more room by releasing Johnson, but the Chiefs are expected to hang onto him.

Footballguys view: Johnson can clean up as a run-stuffer if healthy. The Chiefs would be wise to keep him around even though his cap number is a bit higher than they perhaps would like it to be.

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  Patriots | Rolando McClain leaves without contract    Mon Mar 30, 07:44 PM

Free-agent LB Rolando McClain (Cowboys) had a positive meeting with the New England Patriots Monday, March 30, but left without a contract.

Footballguys view: McClain revamped his pro career last season with the Dallas Cowboys. They've been lowballing him so far this offseason, but this meeting with the Patriots might prompt the Cowboys to make a better offer. McClain played 606 defensive snaps in 2014, with 119 coming on third down.

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  Eagles | DeMeco Ryans to be ready for camp    Mon Mar 30, 04:57 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') said he will be ready for training camp in July after coming back from his second torn Achilles' tendon since 2010.

Footballguys view: He will likely skip the organized team activities and minicamp, however. Ryans said he is right on schedule in his rehab after missing the final nine games of 2014.

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  Vikings | Have shown interest in Brandon Spikes    Sun Mar 29, 09:49 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has received interest from the Minnesota Vikings, but the two sides have not been able to agree on financial terms.

Footballguys view: Spikes is still a two-down thumper who arrives at the ball with natural violence. The Bills are interested in bringing him back, but the price needs to be right. If he's getting interest from the Vikings, then Spikes' price tag could go higher than what Buffalo is willing to pay.

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  49ers | Desmond Bishop to visit    Sun Mar 29, 09:40 AM

Free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (49ers) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, March 30, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bishop played in two games for the 49ers last year. He's bounced around to three different teams since the Packers selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft.

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  Bills | Would like Brandon Spikes back    Sat Mar 28, 02:12 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) would have a home with the Buffalo Bills once again, as general manager Doug Whaley expressed interest in bringing Spikes back.

Footballguys view: The Bills made this clear at the scouting combine earlier this year. Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown can be penciled in as starters in Rex Ryan's 3-4, and behind them are unproven the Ty Powell, Randell Johnson, and Jimmy Gaines. Spikes would be an upgrade over those three, and he could be brought back if the price is right.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower to miss several months    Thu Mar 26, 07:52 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum.

Footballguys view: Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy. We could see the Patriots decide to put him on the PUP list to begin the season. If that happens, Hightower would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that time, the Patriots would have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate Hightower or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

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  Buccaneers | Danny Lansanah signs tender    Thu Mar 26, 05:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: As an exclusive rights free agent, Lansanah didn't have much of a choice but to sign his tender. Lansanah played in 16 games last season, recording 81 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch will start    Thu Mar 26, 11:12 AM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) will be the starting middle linebacker when he is able to return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tulloch is making good progress in his rehab but may sit out offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: The Lions need to firm the middle up with the departure of Ndamukong Suh and have to hope that Tulloch is indeed fully healed and doesn't celebrate himself into another injury.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall slowly healing    Tue Mar 24, 09:23 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (foot) is still recovering from a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot, and he might not be available until the start of training camp. LBs Lamin Barrow, Todd Davis, Steven Johnson, Corey Nelson and Reggie Walker will see plenty of time during the offseason program with Marshall on the shelf.

Footballguys view: Marshall was a standout player for the Broncos last year, but he did get a little banged up. This year, in the new 3-4 defense, Marshall will be counted on to lead the team in tackles from the ILB (SAM) position.

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  Broncos | Danny Trevathan still recovering    Tue Mar 24, 09:21 PM

Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan (knee) continues to recover from two fractures in his left knee. He might not be available until training camp. LBs Lamin Barrow, Todd Davis, Steven Johnson, Corey Nelson and Reggie Walker will see plenty of time during the offseason program with Trevathan on the mend.

Footballguys view: The multiple knee injuries are a concern for Trevathan. He'll play ILB (BOW) this year for the Broncos, and Trevathan will be facing a lot of traffic in the team's new 3-4 defense. He'll need to stay healthy this year.

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  Vikings | Casey Matthews signs    Tue Mar 24, 06:24 PM

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Matthews can help the Vikings as an outside linebacker, inside linebacker and special teams player. After getting burned at multiple positions, needless to say Eagles fans will not be missing Matthews in 2015.

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  Bears | Mason Foster agrees to deal    Tue Mar 24, 06:06 PM

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, according to Foster's agent.

Footballguys view: This took long enough! Foster to the Bears was predicted weeks ago, but the two sides had to work out contract details. He separated his shoulder early in 2014 with the Bucs, only to return and strain his Achilles' later on. According to reports, Foster is fully healthy now.

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  Vikings | Casey Matthews visits    Tue Mar 24, 04:38 PM

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) visited with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24, according to a source.

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  Texans | Akeem Dent re-signs    Tue Mar 24, 03:25 PM

Houston Texans LB Akeem Dent re-signed to an undisclosed contract Tuesday, March 24.

Footballguys view: Dent came to the Texans last year in the trade for QB T.J. Yates. He suffered a high-ankle sprain last year that limited his playing time.

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  Cowboys | Not ruling out Rolando McClain return    Tue Mar 24, 11:42 AM

Free-agent LB Rolando McClain (Cowboys) remains on the radar for the Dallas Cowboys, according to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and vice president Stephen Jones Monday, March 23. The two sides have had no progress in contract talks.

Footballguys view: McClain was a bust early in his career, but he didn't play poorly for the Cowboys last year. We believe McClain staying with Dallas is best for both sides.

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  Buccaneers | Plan to use Bruce Carter in the middle    Mon Mar 23, 11:53 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Bruce Carter will be lined up as a middle linebacker, general manager Jason Licht said Monday, March 23.

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  49ers | Mason Foster may be an option    Mon Mar 23, 03:37 PM

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) may be an option for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.

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  Colts | Nate Irving's offseason status uncertain    Sat Mar 21, 03:04 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB Nate Irving's (knee) level of participation for offseason workouts is not known at this point, because he is recovering from a knee injury.

Footballguys view: Irving has failed to stay healthy for much of his pro career. The Colts would be wise to let him rest.

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  Colts | Nate Irving agrees    Fri Mar 20, 12:12 PM

Free-agent LB Nate Irving (Broncos) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Friday, March 20.

Footballguys view: Irving is a two-down thumper who can stuff the run. He's better in coverage than some give him credit for, but he's not a player who truly excels on passing downs. Injuries and inconsistencies have held back Irving during his pro career. We'll see if a change of scenery helps him play more consistently in 2015.

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  Chargers | Joe Mays visits team    Fri Mar 20, 03:06 AM

Free-agent LB Joe Mays (Chiefs) took a visit to the San Diego Chargers, according to team sources.

Footballguys view: Mays hasn't attracted a ton of interest on the open market. He's a two-down thumper who is a liability in coverage.

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  Broncos | Reggie Walker signs    Thu Mar 19, 05:48 PM

Free-agent LB Reggie Walker (Chargers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Denver Broncos Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: Just a depth signing here. Walker is a special teams player who can thump as a run-defender. The Broncos wanted more depth and better competition at the linebacker position.

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  Jets | James Brewer, Jamari Lattimore visiting    Wed Mar 18, 12:15 PM

Free-agent OT James Brewer (Giants) and LB Jamari Lattimore (Packers) are meeting with the New York Jets Wednesday, March 18.

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  Saints | Dannell Ellerbe restructures    Tue Mar 17, 08:32 AM

New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe restructured his contract to reduce his 2015 salary from $8.45 million to $1.1 million. Ellerbe's 2016 and 2017 salaries also reduced from $6.45 million and $6.0 million to $4.1 million each year.

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  Bears | May look at Mason Foster    Tue Mar 17, 07:51 AM

Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) has drawn interest from the Chicago Bears, but the teams have not discussed a multi-year contract or any sort of deal.

Footballguys view: We're surprised a deal hasn't gotten done here yet. The Bears are looking to re-work their defense, and Foster would give them a veteran presence at linebacker.

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  Colts | Nate Irving to visit    Mon Mar 16, 06:22 PM

Free-agent LB Nate Irving (Broncos) will visit with the Indianapolis Colts Monday, March 16.

Footballguys view: Irving has drawn interest from the Arizona Cardinals as well. He's a two-down thumper with better-than-expected coverage skills. Injuries are a huge concern with Irving as he looks for a fresh start--and a starting job in 2015.

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  Cowboys | Andrew Gachkar signed    Sun Mar 15, 04:39 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent LB Andrew Gachkar (Chargers) to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman ready for 2015    Fri Mar 13, 09:29 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) did not suffer a setback during his rehabilitation last year, and he is in a good place physically and psychologically, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

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  Saints | Acquire Dannell Ellerbe and draft pick    Fri Mar 13, 01:03 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round draft pick were obtained in exchange for WR Kenny Stills Thursday, March 13, according to a source.

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  Dolphins | Trade Dannell Ellerbe and draft pick    Fri Mar 13, 01:00 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for WR Kenny Stills Thursday, March 13. Miami also surrendered a third-round draft pick, according to a source.

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Kenny Stills player page


  Cowboys | Cowboys to sign Jasper Brinkley    Thu Mar 12, 11:29 PM

Free-agent LB Jasper Brinkley (Vikings) has reached an agreement on a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, March 12, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Brinkley is a two-down thumper who can blow up ball-carriers. He does a good job when asked to scrape-and-flow to the play....just don't ask him to cover.

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  Saints | Ramon Humber re-signs    Thu Mar 12, 04:01 PM

Free-agent LB Ramon Humber (Saints) re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal Thursday, March 12. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: So the Saints finally keep someone! Humber isn't a huge name but right now he looks like a guy who will see a lot of snaps inside, along with David Hawthorne.

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  Buccaneers | Bruce Carter signing    Wed Mar 11, 05:10 PM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Cowboys) is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, March 11, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Carter is getting good money from the Bucs despite mostly being a disappointment with the Cowboys. Tampa is having to re-live their bad signings from last year in the form of releases of Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson. Hopefully for Carter and the team history won't repeat itself next year.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton signing    Wed Mar 11, 12:13 PM

Free-agent LB Curtis Lofton (Saints) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, March 11.

Footballguys view: Lofton and Malcolm Smith give the Raiders two new inside linebackers and makes one wonder what will become of Sio Moore, who is versatile might not have a home in the base defense if Lofton and Smith are both everydown players.

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  Giants | Re-sign Mark Herzlich    Wed Mar 11, 11:10 AM

New York Giants LB Mark Herzlich was re-signed Wednesday, March 11. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Bears | D.J. Williams won't be back    Wed Mar 11, 07:54 AM

Free-agent MLB D.J. Williams (Bears) has been told by the team it is going in a different direction and Williams won't be back for the 2015 season.

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  NFL | Four teams looking at Andrew Gachkar    Wed Mar 11, 07:46 AM

Free-agent LB Andrew Gachkar (Chargers) is drawing some interest on the market, with the Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins all looking at him in various degrees.

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  Patriots | Chris White agrees to terms    Wed Mar 11, 01:09 AM

The New England Patriots agreed to terms with free-agent LB Chris White Tuesday, March 11, according to a source. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Cardinals | Will host Nate Irving this week    Wed Mar 11, 01:05 AM

Free-agent LB Nate Irving (Broncos) is expected to visit the Arizona Cardinals sometime this week.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals already signed Sean Weatherspoon. Adding another linebacker coming off of injury might be necessary because the Cardinals cupboard is bare after having Daryl Washington and Karlos Dansby terrorizing opponents just a few short years ago.

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  Patriots | Colin McCarthy visits    Tue Mar 10, 09:59 PM

Free-agent LB Colin McCarthy (Titans) visited the New England Patriots Tuesday, March 10, according to a source.

Footballguys view: McCarthy, a 2011 fourth-round pick of the Titans, spent the 2014 season on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. He started off his pro career well, but injuries have severely limited his playing time over the last few years. The Patriots are looking for linebacker depth here, and they're willing to take a chance on an injury-prone player with good upside.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton to visit    Tue Mar 10, 08:19 PM

Free-agent LB Curtis Lofton (Saints) is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: Lofton isn't what he used to be, but he could work on any team looking for veteran depth at the linebacker position.

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  Texans | Bruce Carter to visit    Tue Mar 10, 06:10 PM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Cowboys) will visit with the Houston Texans.

Footballguys view: Carter racked up 68 tackles and intercepted five passes in 2014. He would be a good fit for the Texans defense as a smart playmaker at outside linebacker.

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  Buccaneers | Bruce Carter to visit    Tue Mar 10, 06:10 PM

Free-agent LB Bruce Carter (Cowboys) will visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Signing Carter would be a "good get" for the Bucs. Carter played OLB for the Cowboys in their 4-3 defense, and he'd play a similar position for Tampa Bay.

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  Bengals | Sign A.J. Hawk    Tue Mar 10, 05:40 PM

Free-agent LB A.J. Hawk (Packers) is signing a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday, March 10. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Hawk gives them good veteran depth at the linebacker position. He's never really played up to the potential he had coming out of college, but Hawk is insurance in case Vontaze Burfict's microfracture surgery causes unseen complications.

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  Eagles | Kiko Alonso officially acquired    Tue Mar 10, 05:14 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Kiko Alonso has officially been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for RB LeSean McCoy.

Footballguys view: Alonso is an athletically gifted linebacker who can fly around the field. He played under Chip Kelly in college at Oregon, and he'll be immediately inserted into the starting lineup.

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  49ers | Patrick Willis blames injuries for retirement    Tue Mar 10, 03:28 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis said his feet don't have what it takes to play in the NFL anymore as he announced his retirement Tuesday, March 10. Willis was placed on the Reserve/Injured list during the 2014 season with a toe injury.

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